Ohio Bulls Win The Championship
Oklahoma City, OK --- The world's largest horned cattle gathered September 19 - 21, at the Cox Center in downtown Oklahoma City, OK for a serious competitive championship -- over 400 of them. Silver shining trailers filled the parking lots and even special pens were added at the last minute to accommodate the inbound herd. Dually trucks lined the valet parking of the downtown hotels, with hay and pitch forks included, parked beside Mercedes, Corvettes and fancy cars that will never enjoy a gravel road.
Joel and Chad Dickinson, representing Dickinson Cattle Co, LLC., of Barnesville, Ohio are pictured with the stash of bronze and gold trophy buckles, earned the hard way, in open World Show competition. The ranch won 7 World Champion awards and 3 gold buckles for Futurity and judged Champions. The International Championship and TLMA Longhorn World Championships were held at the Cox Center in downtown Oklahoma City on September 19 -- 21.
The Texas Longhorn Marketing Alliance and International Texas Longhorn Association joined forces to stage a 5 ring circus style event like no other in Texas Longhorn history. TLMA measures horns for 4 different divisions and awards an original bronze to the best of the best. ITLA has a more traditional show event. In the next arena over halter cattle, both youth and adult, are shown and judged on breed quality and beef conformation. A non halter event, unique to Texas Longhorns, is judged with mature cattle moseying around the arena. This year a Texas Longhorn Futurity judged by 5 qualified producers added a new touch with over 70 entries.
The chandeliers were shining, cattle were washed and fit for the contest, the food was awesome, people came from all over, and the cattle --- wow, huge horned cattle as far as the eye could see. This was the big league!! No tougher competition could have been staged.
The TLMA World Championship is a horn measuring event with careful detail to tip to tip measurement, total horn, which measures around the curl, and horn base circumference. Measurements are calculated to 1/16th of an inch by a team of skilled, experienced horn masters. This event has built momentum for many years and has great influence on Texas Longhorn market popularity. In recent years Texas Longhorn cattle have sold for amounts above $100,000, and most were sporting very wide spreads. An eye on longevity anatomy increases the appeal.
Clear Win - World Champion Tip To Tip with 83 5/8" for Div. IV - A.
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Normally cattle of this breed with a Texas origin, are assumed to grab the spot light -- not so this time. The young bull "Clear Win" was the World Champion Tip To Tip with 83 5/8" for Div. IV - A. He is a product of Dickinson Cattle Co, LLC (DCCI) of Barnesville, Ohio. While in the especially designed side squeeze chute his base circumference was measured at 19 7/8" and his complete horn (calculated with all four measurements) earned another World Champion bronze, a record for age, a whopping 216 1/8."
Clear Win is 52 months old. He has been used as a natural service sire by DCCI for three full breeding seasons and is expected to have over 90 calves born on the Belmont County Ohio ranch in 2014.
Drag Iron the senior DCCI sire to Clear Win won all three World Expo divisions in his older category. He measured 83 3/8" tip to tip and 218 5/16" composite horn. The DCCI junior sire "Annex" won the judged ITLA Futurity Class #12. The Non Halter Jr Cow Champion was DCCI's "Toss The Jam."
DCCI raises championship Texas Longhorns and sells breeding stock, semen and embryos to clients who either cross breed for Texas Longhorn virtues or improve pure herds. Tours of the Appalachian ranch are available during the summer situated on reclaimed coal mine land. High omega 3 lean beef from texas longhorn cattle is available at the DCCI ranch store.
Today, the DCCI show cattle are back in their pastures in Ohio -- just being normal cattle where the coyotes howl and the winter winds will soon blow over the rolling hills.
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Joel and Chad Dickinson, representing Dickinson Cattle Co, LLC., of Barnesville, Ohio are pictured with the stash of bronze and gold trophy buckles, earned the hard way, in open World Show competition. The ranch won 7 World Champion awards and 3 gold buckles for Futurity and judged Champions. The International Championship and TLMA Longhorn World Championships were held at the Cox Center in downtown Oklahoma City on September 19 -- 21. (high res photo)
"Toss The Jam" was Jr. International Champion in the Non Halter division of the International Championship Show held at the Cox Center in Downtown Oklahoma City. Exhibited by Dickinson Cattle Co, LLC., of Barnesville, Ohio, also 7 bronze trophies and 3 gold buckle awards were received in open world competition.
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